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Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness By Lisa Appignanesi,

  • Title: Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness
  • Author: Lisa Appignanesi
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This book journeys into the heart of dark passions and the crimes they impel When passion is in the picture, what is criminal, what sane, what mad or simply bad Brighton, 1870 A well respected spinster infuses chocolate creams with strychnine in order to murder her lover s wife Paris, 1880 A popular performer stalks her betraying lover through the streets of the cityThis book journeys into the heart of dark passions and the crimes they impel When passion is in the picture, what is criminal, what sane, what mad or simply bad Brighton, 1870 A well respected spinster infuses chocolate creams with strychnine in order to murder her lover s wife Paris, 1880 A popular performer stalks her betraying lover through the streets of the city for weeks and finally takes aim New York, 1906 A millionaire shoots dead a prominent architect in full view of a theatre audience Through court and asylum records, letters and newspaper accounts, this book brings to life a period when the psychiatric professions were consolidating their hold on our understanding of what is human An increasingly popular press allowed the public unprecedented insight into accounts of transgressive sexuality, savage jealousy and forbidden desires With great story telling flair, Lisa Appignanesi teases out the vagaries of passion and the clashes between the law and the clinic as they stumble towards a sometimes reviled collaboration.Sexual etiquette and class roles, attitudes to love, madness and gender, notions of respectability and honour, insanity and lunacy, all are at play in that vital forum in which public opinion is shaped the theatre of the courtroom.
    Trials of Passion Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness This book journeys into the heart of dark passions and the crimes they impel When passion is in the picture what is criminal what sane what mad or simply bad Brighton A well respected spinste

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    1. This is a very in depth look at three trials with a few asides that center around love and madness The trials are taken from England, France, and America Like most of Appignanaesi s work the writing is intelligent and engaging I do like the comparsion between the trials, and found it interesting that only one with a man as the killer was used It was fasniating how many revolve around a woman s virtue.

    2. This was a really interesting read but went way in depth than I was expecting This was not necessarily a bad thing, but I wasn t expecting a psychoanalysis of each crime and the history of insanity and the law when I picked this up, so it was a bit much to get through Overall, though, I enjoyed the topic.

    3. In Brighton in the late Victorian era a spinster is accused of a poisoning spree provoked by a delusion that her doctor is in love with her In Paris 10 years later a singer shoots her erstwhile rich lover after the death of their child In the 1900s a multi millionaire kills his wife s discarded lover In each case the reasoning behind the crime is linked to madness This book explores the changing attitudes to insanity as a reason for crime and also plots the understanding of mental instability wi [...]

    4. Appignanesi looks at cases in the UK, France and USA where the defendants were driven to crime by the love they had I don t know what it says about me but I m familiar with most of the cases discussed here from other reading This was clear and concise on the subject matter and I found it both entertaining and educational.

    5. Victorian era spinster Christiana Edmonds was extremely unhappy that her letters weren t returned by her doctor, Charles Beard Of course he loved her and would leave his wife, but Beard never did He simply told Christiana to stop writing Things stalemated until a rash of poisonings which resulted in the death of a four year old boy exposed Christiana s plans to hide her attempted murder of Mrs Beard by broadcasting handmade poisoned chocolate creams throughout the community Alas, her handwriting [...]

    6. 3 historic cases from three different countries with commentary on the different ways in which times and the beliefs about sanity affect the verdict.

    7. This is a fascinating study of a selection of murder and attempted murder cases from England, France and the US during the latter years of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth century The cases covered are mainly what French law refers to as crimes of passion where people are apparently overcome with passion or jealousy and kill or attempt to kill their rivals or their lovers The book also shows how differently the subject of madness, temporary or permanent was treated by t [...]

    8. This is the third of a loose trilogy covering the gamut of human emotion and sanity While inevitably uplifting than Mad, Bad and Sad, and grittier than All About Love, it remains a fascinating but unfocused book.The book uses 3 major cases for its framework the Christiana Edmunds trial in England a smitten spinster wanted to bump off her love rival, and wound up poisoning half of Brighton the Marie Biere case in France naive young singer shooting the disaffected rake who ruined and abandoned he [...]

    9. I started this book thinking it was going to be about the crime solving sort of aspects, true crimey I guess But when I re read the inner flap and paid closer attention to the title, I stopped being disappointed and realized I just needed to pay attention to the description Hello That aside, this author knows how to do her research, as Sherlock would say She also knows how to write FOR the reader and not down to the reader, as sometimes scholars and academics are prone to do when writing pop [...]

    10. Meh This book was good but not great when it was discussing the burgeoning fields of psychiatry and psychology, and what the new experts in those fields thought of love and a woman s sexuality But it became downright boring when it included excessively long trial transcripts that I felt could have been condensed and still have served their purpose I felt the amount of medical science suffered from an excess of law.

    11. This book couldn t decide which side of the academic line it wanted to be on It wasn t sensational, or readable, enough to be a pop book However, it did not have enough analysis to be an academic book Ultimately, the final case couldn t hold my attention enough for me to finish.

    12. Don t let the title steer you away This is a brilliant examination of hysteria and its collision with 19th century legal systems Less bulky than Appignanesi s Mad, Bad, and Sad but just as fascinating.

    13. had potential of being a great book although information is thorough and well documented it reads like a textbook rather than a captivating true crime book just not my thing I guess.

    14. I got up to page 100 I might try to finish this book at a later time It was okay, but not as interesting as I thought it would be A lot of it was long winded and the writing was lackluster.

    15. Accounts of some of the most notorious murders resulting from love and passion Book goes into somewhat of a psychoanalysis of these type of crimes, including that of the insanity defense, etc.

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